John Irwin was president of the Boston College Alumni Association the same year Ernie Chlebec was coaching BC football to a winless season. He was also sitting as a superior court judge in the first session at Norfolk which meant I had to go before him on a regular basis. Usually Monday mornings at 9:30 the list would be called and decisions made on cases. Even if we were on trial we’d have to first go before him.
Did you ever see the Seinfeld show where Elaine had to encounter the Soup Nazi. That was Irwin as the season passed and the losses piled up. The court room became like a Marine brig where you were afraid to make one false move or he would be jumping down your throat. Along with that Irwin had a tendency to show his anger by his face getting red. He was soon a brilliant scarlet on Monday mornings and most of us were looking for excuses to avoid the courthouse.
Fortunately for him he has shed his earthly robes and has gone off to his reward. Have you noticed lately the brilliant sunsets. I figure Irwin is up there glowing red as he watches his beloved BC sink lower and lower.
Remember BC not too long ago was a top twenty team. Now it only seems to beat teams like the Little Sisters of the Poor although it did have a win against the Home for the Little Wanderers or some team their equivalent.
Since they hired Spazziano as a coach and after he disturbed Judge Irwin’s resting in peace they replaced him with a coach who did poorly at Temple by the name of Addazio the team has fallen on dire days. The real problem is no one at BC in authority seems to care that this is happening.
Its president Father Walsh has as much interest in it as the Jesuit at Holt Cross who gave up its football program; the head of the Trustees has as much interest in BC football as Tokyo Rose did during WWII. He’s chairman only because he is wealthy not because he cares about BC.
Even a blind beggar can see the interest in BC football is slipping away. It probably would have been put out of its misery if not for the ACC money that gets pumped in. During its home games less and less folk show up. The last couple of years has seen the record for worst attended games occur game after game.
Why do I care? I have lost interest in most sports on TV. I just had to look up to see who was playing in the World Series. Wow! Two teams headed by guys not good enough to be part of Red Sox Promotion. The Patriots are boring now. I sometimes wonder why I ever thought otherwise. The Park League games in the old days were more exciting. Never any face mask penalties. No one wore them. Still remember Paul Brennan at fullback playing without a helmet. Maybe it’s the commercials that have chased me away; don’t you have to be a little brain dead to watch the same thing over and over again. Even March Madness has lost its allure perhaps because BC looks like it has also given up its basket ball program.
I cared because BC football was the last sporting event (along with other college football) I enjoyed watching on TV. Last game against Syracuse I was watching the game and thought “why am I doing this. I really don’t care if they win.” I shut off the TV and did some reading and then went to the track and walked around it. Driving there I listened and heard how they kept their winless ACC streak alive
How can a school have so little pride? The best attended and most enthusiastic event at BC was the student March protesting the defacement of a parking lot sign by a stranger
The University of Chicago had a great football team at one time until it hired a president who did away with all sports and told the students that whenever they thought of sports they should take a nap it was better for them I’m at that point How did it ever happen? I guess it does show everything is possible Woe is me; I cheered for BC